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For residents, it’s still very noisy

The country's civil aviation regulator has fixed noise limits for aircraft landing at the Delhi airport but the residents of Vasant Kunj are not satisfied.

delhi Updated: Feb 25, 2011 00:55 IST
Sidhartha Roy

The country's civil aviation regulator has fixed noise limits for aircraft landing at the Delhi airport but the residents of Vasant Kunj are not satisfied.

The residents have been fighting a pitched battle for the last couple of years to curb noise pollution in their area caused by aircraft landing at the Indira Gandhi International Airport.

Thanks to the petition filed by the residents of Vasant Kunj and some other areas near the airport, the Delhi high court had asked the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to take measures to curb the menace. Following this, a night curfew was imposed on runway 29, the flight path of which falls right over Vasant Kunj.

DGCA has now fixed a noise limit of 105 decibels for aircrafts operating from IGIA but the residents say it needs to be lowered. "The idea is to keep the limit so high that there are no violations at all," said Anil Sood of the NGO Chetna, the first to file a petition.

"The noise limits in other bigger airports across the world are lower even as aircraft approach most of them by sea."

"Most of the older aircraft banned in Europe for being noisy are still operating in India. We are not guinea pigs who will have to tolerate such noise," he said.

DGCA chief EK Bharat Bhushan said the circular on noise limit is an advisory and only if the number of violations is found to be large, action to be taken will be decided upon.

"The aircraft make so much noise that children wake up from sleep," said Sitaram Aggarwal, an RWA member of C-1, Vasant Kunj.